سعد أحمد مسفر الزهراني

 


      
 
الاسم الاول: 
سعد
اسم العائلة: 
الزهراني
الدرجة العلمية: 
دكتوراة
مجال الدراسة: 
علوم إنسانية واجتماعية
المؤسسة التعليمية: 
University of York

مجال التميز

تميز دراسي وبحثي + إبداع علمي (جائزة تفوقية)

 

 

البحوث المنشورة

 

البحث (1):

 

عنوان البحث:

Linking Multimedia Vocabulary CALL Research to SLA Cognitive Theories

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تاريخ النشر:

26/07/2017

موجز عن البحث:

Researchers in the field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) have been focusing on vocabulary - alongside grammar - more than other language areas and skills [22]. Vocabulary learning has attracted instructional designers and has led to the introduction of a wide range of technologies including courseware, dictionaries, online activities, corpora and concordancing, and computer-mediated communication technologies [38]. To investigate whether the design of these digital resources was theoretically grounded, this paper presents a review of experimental studies on vocabulary CALL for second language learners. In order to inform the future e-learning design, this review aims to explore the most striking SLA cognitive theories - if any - to which designers of multimedia vocabulary CALL drew their interventions. It has been found that most of the previous studies focused on employing multimedia technology on strengthening the link between the form of a word and its meaning with no emphasis on aspects of the word knowledge beyond that. Moreover, for the informants in this review, the design of the intentional language-focused vocabulary CALL software as well as the incidental meaning-focused ones has not been found to effectively operationalise SLA cognitive theories.

 

 

المؤتمرات العلمية:

 

المؤتمر (1):

 

عنوان المؤتمر:

3rd International Conference on Language, Literature and Culture in Education

تاريخ الإنعقاد:

12 - 14 Jul 2016

مكان الإنعقاد:

Venice, Italy  

طبيعة المشاركة:

Poster Presentation

عنوان المشاركة:

Employing zoomable user interfaces in teaching L2 word associations

ملخص المشاركة:

This study will explore the effects on the successful acquisition of Arabic vocabulary as a foreign language in a multimedia CALL environment via an interactive zoomable user interface using (CAVA), a Computer Assisted Vocabulary Acquisition software for intentional vocabulary learning designed by the researcher. Presenting the words in lists, mostly grouped thematically, is the most common method of introducing vocabulary and that hasn’t changed over the years despite the pedagogical changes in the curriculum. This way of presenting words has its advantage in knowing the word form or meaning, however, knowing the word associations should be taken in account when designing vocabulary CALL programs as this might promote the development of lexical networks. Employing technology in teaching associations as an important dimension of the word knowledge could help to create extra links between the words resulting in a faster and more effective storage and retrieval of lexis.

 

 

المؤتمر (2):

 

عنوان المؤتمر:

IAARHIES 40th International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSCH)

تاريخ الإنعقاد:

27-28 December 2016

مكان الإنعقاد:

London, UK

طبيعة المشاركة:

Oral Presentation

عنوان المشاركة:

Zooming in on a Bilingual Mental Lexicon

ملخص المشاركة:

Kormos (2011) argued that the long-term semantic memory contains the bilingual mental lexicon which consists of a hierarchical structure of three levels: conceptual, lemma and lexeme level. Any L1 or L2 lexical item is stored in the same lexicon and has information spread in these three levels. The conceptual level entails the semantic information of the lexical item whereas the lemma and lexeme levels contain the syntactic and morpho-phonological information respectively. The conceptual level in her model is seen as a store of both L1 and L2 concepts which can be identical, shared, or even separated. Each concept in this level has a network of memory traces which carry its different semantic information. When the concept called out in the semantic memory, it will be active a long with its semantically related concepts. For example, when the concept CHILD is activated, related concepts such as MOTHER, PLAY, and LOVE in both languages also receive activation. However, selection is made only for the intended concept. This study aims to explore the effectiveness on L2 word learning via different types of presentation in vocabulary CALL environments (e.g., multimedia representations versus standard presentation methods). This study aims to investigate whether technology can enhance and facilitate the spread of activation to the intended lexical item through its semantically related words at the conceptual level (as proposed in Kormos’ model). This should better achieve the aim of relating the effect of CALL research on vocabulary learning.

 

 

المؤتمر (3):

 

عنوان المؤتمر:

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) VOCAB SIG

تاريخ الإنعقاد:

03-04 July 2017

مكان الإنعقاد:

Reading, UK

طبيعة المشاركة:

Poster Presentation

عنوان المشاركة:

Considering Working Memory Abilities in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Interventions

ملخص المشاركة:

Allan, Baddeley and Hitch (2006) made a distinction between visual and spatial working memory abilities although they work together in practice. Tasks have been developed to differentiate between spatial memory (remembering where) and visual memory (remembering what). Corsi span is an example of a spatial task invented by a Canadian neuropsychologist where the participant imitates a sequence of taps on a number of blocks made by the experimenter who increases the length of the sequence to a point at which performance break down. The participant in this task remembers “where” the right location/order of each tap was. Visual span, on the other hand, can be assessed by many tasks such as matrix patterns, in which the participant sees a pattern and when it disappears he has to reproduce it by pointing to the filled cells in the empty matrix. In this task the participant has to remember “what” the pattern looks like. The number of cells in the matrix is increased until performance break down.

This idea of separation is supported by additional neurological evidence found. Such studies supporting the notion of the separation have shown that different brain regions are involved during visual and spatial tasks. During visual tasks, the ventral prefrontal cortex is activated whereas the dorsal prefrontal cortex is generally activated during spatial tasks.

The present study is employing the visual working memory and also is taking advantage of the spatial one. To achieve this, a Computer Assisted Vocabulary Acquisition (CAVA) program was designed by the researcher to teach L2 words via three different multimedia representations.

 

 

جوائز التكريم:

 

الجائزة (1):

 

 

مسمى الجائزة:

IAARHIES Excellent Paper Award

 

الجهة المانحة:

IAARHIES

 

تاريخ منح  الجائزة:

28/12/2016

 

مجال التكريم:

Excellent Content Award for the presentation  of the paper “Zooming in on a Bilingual Mental Lexicon” presented in the  IAARHIES 40th International Conference – ICSCH – 2016 .  

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